Brunei Muara – Temburong District Bridge Usage

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy among others explained on the use of Brunei Muara - Temburong District Bridge.

Following temporary opening of the Brunei Muara - Temburong District Bridge to the public through a media conference held on Monday, 16th March 2020, the Minister would like to inform that after discussions with relevant authorities and on advice from the Ministry of Health that the use of bridge which is from 6 in the morning to 10 in the evening which was announced before is now changed to 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening daily, starting from tomorrow, Thursday 19th of March 2020.

The change as a precautionary measure to control and curb the COVID-19 transmission in the country. This is due to the high number of non-essential travellers that causes traffic jams in Bangar Town and crowding at the Bangar Town foodstall.

He is pleased to reiterate that the temporary opening of the Brunei Muara - Temburong District Bridge to the public is intended to facilitate the public to make essential and necessary travel such as those involved in the effort to contain COVID-19.

Authorities such as the Royal Brunei Police Force will always patrol and if the traveller is found to break the rules, a legal action will be taken. In addition, other relevant authorities will monitor and review from time to time the need and use of the bridge.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance and Economy would like to update information on payments to the retirees and derivative pensions for widows and dependents through their respective bank accounts as published on 14th March, 2020. However, considering the number of retirees and derivative pensions for widows and dependents who choose to receive their pensions through the bank, the number is still small which is 141 only. The Ministry of Finance and Economy is seeking the cooperation and encouraging those concerned to open their bank accounts.

This is to reduce the risk of crowds making the place crowded.

Following that, the Treasury Department would like to announce that payment of retirees pensions and derivative pensions for March 2020 will be made at the following designated locations: -

- For Brunei Muara District, payments will be made at the Unity Hall and the Main Conference Hall of the International Convention Centre - ICC.

- For Belait District, payments will be made at the Conference Hall, Kuala Belait.

- For Tutong District, payments will be made at the Community Hall, Tutong.

- And for Temburong District, payments will be made at the Treasury Department, Temburong where payments are usually made every month.

Payments at the said locations will be made on Saturday, 28th March, 2020 from 7.30 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. The next day's payments will be made at the Treasury Department branches in the three districts and the Ministry of Finance and Economy for the Brunei Muara District for 10 working days.

To allow payments to be made via bank for the subsequent months, banks will open registration counters on the days at the stated locations. In this regard, recipients are to bring their original identity cards and fill in forms as provided by the bank, and present it to the on-duty officer before proceeding to the Treasury Department counter to receive their pension.

The Ministry of Finance and Economy is seeking the recipient's cooperation to follow instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and avoid coming in groups, and leave after receiving the pension. On-duty officers from the Ministry of Health will carry out body temperature checks and others and security will also assist in controlling movement within the halls on the stated days.

The minister announced that Jerudong Park Country Club Sendirian Berhad, one of the Darussalam Asset subsidiary under the Ministry of Finance and Economy, will be temporarily close Jerudong Park Playground, Jerudong Park Garden and Jerudong Park Amphitheatre starting TOMORROW, the 19hth of March 2020 until a later date. This is a part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and for the public to practise social distancing. However, Jerudong Park Food Court will continue to operate normally, and will only provide take-away services.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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